On Tuesday, April 17th, HARC will continue its People & Nature Speaker Series featuring an evening with Rear Admiral Jonathan White, United States Navy (Retired), CEO and President of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL). Admiral White will discuss climate and ocean issues in the context of national security, energy and economic prosperity with a focus on opportunities and solutions for the future. The event, held at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brown Auditorium, will begin at 6:00 pm. Guests are invited to continue the conversation at a post-event reception.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Jon White was instated as President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in January 2016. Prior to this he had a distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Navy and retired at the rank of Rear Admiral.
White’s passion for the ocean and science began at a very early age as he grew up near Florida’s Gulf coast. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanographic Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
White had numerous operational assignments at sea and ashore as a Naval Meteorology and Oceanography specialist, culminating in his assignment as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy from 2012 to 2015. This position included appointments as the Director of Navy’s Task Force Climate Change, and Navy Deputy to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is a nonprofit research hub that works with partners to find solutions to problems by balancing environmental protection, economic well-being, and social equity. HARC's People & Nature Speaker Series brings nationally recognized experts and the public together to talk openly from multiple viewpoints about issues facing our growing region.
The People and Nature Speaker Series addresses a multitude of topics, illuminating the extent and complexity of various sustainability issues ranging from renewable and efficient energy resources, climate mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable water use. Speakers include national experts and thought leaders from across the public, private and corporate sectors. The Series is intended to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns and applicable policy, educational and technological solutions. The primary goal of such a program is to stimulate discussion and understanding, and inspire action and cooperation among our region's leaders and community members. Thanks to the generous support of the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation, educators and students receive complimentary admission to 2018 Speaker Series events.